PAX East 2021 has been canceled and replaced with PAX Online 2021 in July


PAX East has effectively been canceled for 2021, to no one’s surprise, I’m sure, given the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we hoped PAX East could safely take place, we remained realistic and did not sell any tickets or space to exhibitors to avoid significantly inconveniencing our friends and partners. As we have shown via our actions throughout the pandemic, our utmost concern is the safety of the PAX family — from attendees, exhibitors, and show staff to media and content creators — as well as the local communities that host our celebrations of all things gaming. We will only move forward with a live PAX once we are confident the show will be safe for everyone. ReedPop and Penny Arcade will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, observe government guidelines and local laws, and defer to health officials and experts on what is deemed safe.”

Instead of a live show in June as originally planned, we’ll be treated to a round of PAX Online, running July 15th-18th. The hosts do say they’re “cautiously optimistic” about PAX West’s live show in September and PAX Unplugged in December. We’ll see.

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Hopefully they can go back to a live format soon. Hopefully, they’ll also solve the problem of people buying up all the tickets and flipping them on eBay for multiple times the face value.

Jim Bergevin Jr

Honestly, are any of these shows really necessary any more, especially in a live venue format?

John Dallas DeWeese

I mean you could say the same thing about going to music concerts. The whole point of PAX isn’t just to see new trailers or play demos. It’s to get a chance to meet your favorite devs and creators, as well as celebrate as a community. I’ve gone to nearly every PAX for the past 15 years and if they closed it down I would miss it terribly.